What does bastard mean?

Definitions for bastard
ˈbæs tərdbas·tard

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. asshole, bastard, cocksucker, dickhead, shit, mother fucker, motherfucker, prick, whoreson, son of a bitch, SOBnoun

    insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous

  2. bastard, by-blow, love child, illegitimate child, illegitimate, whoresonnoun

    the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents

  3. bastard, mongreladjective

    derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin

    "the architecture was a kind of bastard suggesting Gothic but not true Gothic"

  4. bogus, fake, phony, phoney, bastardadjective

    fraudulent; having a misleading appearance


  1. bastardnoun

    A person who was born out of wedlock, and hence often considered an illegitimate descendant.

  2. bastardnoun

    A mongrel. A biological cross between different breeds, groups or varieties.

  3. bastardnoun

    A contemptible, inconsiderate, overly or arrogantly rude or spiteful person. See asshole, sod.

    Some bastard stole my car while I was helping an injured person.

  4. bastardnoun

    A man, a fellow, a male friend.

  5. bastardnoun

    A child that does not know his or her father.

  6. bastardnoun

    Something extremely difficult or unpleasant to deal with.

    Life can be a real bastard.

  7. bastardnoun

    A variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin, fake or counterfeit.

    The architecture was a kind of bastard, suggesting Gothic but not being true Gothic.

  8. bastardnoun

    An intermediate-grade steel file; also : bastard file.

  9. bastardnoun

    A long, straight, narrow sword, with an undecorated hilt; a longsword.

  10. bastardnoun

    A sweet wine.

  11. bastardadjective

    of or like a bastard (illegitimate human descendant)

  12. bastardadjective

    of or like a bastard (bad person)

  13. bastardadjective

    of or like a mongrel, bastardized creature/cross

  14. bastardadjective

    of abnormal, irregular or otherwise inferior qualities (size, shape etc.)

  15. bastardadjective

    spurious, lacking genuinity of authenticity: counterfeit, fake

  16. bastardinterjection

    Exclamation of strong dismay or strong sense of being upset.

  17. Etymology: From bastard, bastarde, from Late bastard, from bastard, from Old Low * (compare Middle Dutch bast) and derogatory suffix -ard, from banstuz (compare West Frisian boask, boaste), from bʰendʰ-; or equivalent to. Cognate with bastert, bastaard, Bastard, bastarður. Probably originally referred to a child from a polygynous marriage of Germanic custom but not sanctioned by the Church.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Bastardadjective

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Peace is a very apoplexy, lethargy, insensible, a getter of more bastard children than war’s a destroyer of men. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    You may partly hope that your father got you not, that you are not the Jew’s daughter. —— That were a kind of bastard hope indeed. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Men who, under the disguise of publick good, pursue their own designs of power, and such bastard honours as attend them. William Temple.

  2. BASTARDnoun

    1.Bastard, according to the civil and canon law, is a person born of a woman out of wedlock, or not married; so that, according to order of law, his father is not known. John Ayliffe

    Etymology: bastardd, Welch, of low birth; bastarde, Fr.

    Him to the Lydian king Lycimnia bare,
    And sent her boasted bastard to the war. Dryden.

    It lies on you to speak to th’ people;
    Not by your own instruction, but with words
    But rooted in your tongue; bastards and syllables
    Of no allowance to your bosom’s truth. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

  3. To Bastardverb

    To convict of being a bastard; to stigmatize with bastardy.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    She lived to see her brother beheaded, and her two sons deposed from the crown, bastarded in their blood, and cruelly murdered. Francis Bacon, Henry VII.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bastardnoun

    a "natural" child; a child begotten and born out of wedlock; an illegitimate child; one born of an illicit union

  2. Bastardnoun

    an inferior quality of soft brown sugar, obtained from the sirups that / already had several boilings

  3. Bastardnoun

    a large size of mold, in which sugar is drained

  4. Bastardnoun

    a sweet Spanish wine like muscadel in flavor

  5. Bastardnoun

    a writing paper of a particular size. See Paper

  6. Bastardadjective

    begotten and born out of lawful matrimony; illegitimate. See Bastard, n., note

  7. Bastardnoun

    lacking in genuineness; spurious; false; adulterate; -- applied to things which resemble those which are genuine, but are really not so

  8. Bastardnoun

    of an unusual make or proportion; as, a bastard musket; a bastard culverin

  9. Bastardnoun

    abbreviated, as the half title in a page preceding the full title page of a book

  10. Bastardverb

    to bastardize

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bastard

    bas′tard, n. a child born of parents not married.—adj. born out of wedlock: not genuine: resembling, but not identical with, the species bearing the name: of abnormal shape or size: false.—n. Bas′tard-bar, a popular but inaccurate name for the baton-sinister in heraldry.—v.t. Bas′tardise, to prove to be a bastard.—adv. Bas′tardly (obs.).—ns. Bas′tard-wing, three, four, or five feathers springing from the side of the wing of a bird near the point, attached to a bony process which is the homologue of the thumb in some mammalia; Bas′tardy, Bas′tardism, the state of being a bastard.—Bastard title, an abbreviated title of a book on an otherwise blank page preceding the full title-page; Bastard types, types cast with an extra deep bevel to obviate the use of leads, as Longprimer face on Pica body. [Fr. bâtard; O. Fr. fils de bast, son of the pack-saddle, bast (bât) being a coarse saddle for beasts of burden.]

The Roycroft Dictionary

  1. bastard

    Any man who doubts his own immaculate conception.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. bastard

    A term applied to all pieces of ordnance which are of unusual or irregular proportions: the government bastard-cannon had a 7-inch bore, and sent a 40-lb. shot. Also, a fair-weather square sail in some Mediterranean craft, and occasionally used for an awning.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. bastard

    (Fr.). An ancient piece of ordnance of about 8 pounds calibre, 91⁄2 feet long, and weighing 1950 pounds. It was invented by Jean Maurique de Lard, master-general of ordnance under Charles V. of France in 1535. He also had several bastards cast of a larger calibre. This term was also applied to guns of an unusual make or proportion, whether longer or shorter.

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  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bastard' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2915

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'bastard' in Nouns Frequency: #1899

Anagrams for bastard »

  1. batards

  2. tabards

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bastard in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bastard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of bastard in a Sentence

  1. George Smith Patton, Jr.:

    The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his.

  2. Alexander Pope:

    But thousands die without or this or that, die, and endow a college, or a cat: To some, indeed, Heaven grants the happier fate, Tenrich a bastard, or a son they hate.

  3. Tim Marshall of Reaction:

    Maj. Gen. Christopher Donahue from the 82nd Airborne ordered the British officer to cease operations outside of the airport perimeter fence because it was embarrassing the American military and angering the Taliban, the conversation allegedly ended when the Maj. General was called a ‘bastard’ by a British Major, and the senior British officer told the American to ‘f*** off!’.

  4. Dwight D Eisenhower:

    Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the road of history some bastard will get up and say that this never happened.

  5. Scott C. Holstad:

    lately I’ve been feeling like I’ve been mellowing out a bit and at those times my wife lovely reassures me by saying, no, you’re still the same uptight bastard you’ve always been

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  • نذلArabic
  • извънбрачен, копеле, незаконнороден, мелез, копелдашки, фалшив, подправенBulgarian
  • bastard, bord, fill de putaCatalan, Valencian
  • levobočekCzech
  • uægte barn, røvhul, bastardDanish
  • Bastard, Mistkerl, Bankert, ArschGerman
  • εξώγαμο, μπάσταρδος, μπασταρδεμένος, μιξογενής, παλιόφιλος, νόθο, μπάσταρδο, νόθοςGreek
  • hijo de puta, bastardo, desgraciadoSpanish
  • jobu, feik, sohilaps, ristsugutis, värdjas, tõbras, raibeEstonian
  • [[keski-, roisto, lehtolapsi, ristisiitos, [[avioton]] [[lapsi]], kiusankappale, paskiainen, äpärä, sekasikiö, jäljitelmä, kusipää, jätkä, mulkkuFinnish
  • bâtard, salaud, salopard, fils de pute, enculéFrench
  • bastardIrish
  • fattyúHungarian
  • bastar, bajingan, bangsat, anak haram, berengsekIndonesian
  • bastardo, brutta bestia, figlio di puttanaItalian
  • 私生子Japanese
  • bajinganJavanese
  • копиле, лангач, битанга, мелез, кучкин син, шкартMacedonian
  • nep, rotzak, kreng, vervalsing, klootzak, buitenechtelijk kind, bastaard, mormel, voorvijl, onecht kind, onwettig kind, straathond, rotding, bastaardvijl, hoerenjong, ondermaats, smeerlapDutch
  • bastard, løsunge, lausunge, drittsekkNorwegian
  • yátashkiʼNavajo, Navaho
  • bękart, skurwysyn, sukinsyn, skurwielPolish
  • mestiço, filho da puta, bastardo, sacana, filho da mãe, bosta!, merda!Portuguese
  • bastard, haimana, hibrid, bastarzi, hibrizi, bastarde, corcituri, haimanaleRomanian
  • гад, ублюдок, незаконнорожденный, внебрачный ребёнок, козёл, сука, бастард, незаконный ребёнок, мудак, сукин сын, байстрюк, выблядок, сволочь, метис, нечистокровныйRussian
  • mješanac, копиле, gnjida, kopile, gad, probisvijet, gadura, битанга, bitangaSerbo-Croatian
  • kopile, kopilAlbanian
  • bastard, skitstövel, sate, jävel, oäkting, skit, horungeSwedish
  • piç, melez, piçlerTurkish
  • đồ khốnVietnamese
  • baståd, bastådeWalloon
  • 混蛋Chinese

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an utterance expressing pain or disapproval
  • A. conform
  • B. moan
  • C. emerge
  • D. interrogate

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